VACANCIES

Fieldworkers, Enrolled Nurse, Lay Counsellor (6 months contract positions)

The MRC/Wits Agincourt Research Unit is an exceptional health and population research centre providing an extensive data resource resulting from years of longitudinal health and socio-demographic surveillance. It currently nests a number of observational and intervention studies- all undertaken with an interdisciplinary network of leading international scientists in the Agincourt sub-district in rural north-east South Africa. As part of ongoing core and nested work, the Unit seeks qualified staff to participate in a number of vital roles, who will assist in realizing the vision of the Unit, by practically exploring the prevalence of Temporal Changes in Streptococcus Pneumoniae Colonization in children and adults project in the AHDSS. The appointed individuals will be based at the Agincourt offices and report directly to the Project Manager.

To support the study, the Unit is inviting applicants for the following fixed-term contractual positions;

  • 1 Fieldworkers
  • 1 Enrolled Nurse
  • 1 Lay Counsellor

Required minimum education and training:

  • Grade 12 Certificate, Computer qualifications, Driver’s license is compulsory for the Fieldworkers and previous experience completing surveys on a computer/ tablet device is preferred.
  • Grade 12 Certificate, Enrolled Nurse certificate and SANC registration is mandatory for Enrolled Nurse, at least 6 months experience as an Enrolled Nurse preferred.
  • Grade 12 certificate and further certification/ Diploma in Counselling a strong preference for Lay Counsellors (HIV counselling and testing certificate preferred).

Personal abilities:

A successful candidate for this position will be friendly, professional, able to follow instructions, self-motivated, and must retain extremely good communication skills- both written and oral- in both English and Xitsonga. The individual must possess the ability to problem solve as well as strive to achieve pre-set objectives.  Furthermore, the individual must be able to work well within a team, be willing to work irregular hours and have the ability to strictly maintain participants’ confidentiality, both on and off the job.

Short-listed applicants must be willing to undergo a competency exercise as part of the selection process.

If you have the required qualifications listed above and would like to apply, please send your CV, names and contact details of 3 referees, certified copies of Certificates, ID copies and motivation letter stating why you are interested in the position and deliver it to Agincourt site office in a box placed at the entrance of the main office,

Alternatively, you may email your application to Weekend Khoza at Weekend.Khoza@wits.ac.za

Enquiries should be forwarded to Weekend Khoza at 013 708 1420/ 013 795 5076 between 08h00 and 16h30 weekdays.

Closing date: 26 June 2019 @ 16h30

 

Qualitative Fieldworkers (2 months contract positions)

The MRC/Wits Agincourt Research Unit is an exceptional health and population research centre providing an extensive data resource resulting from years of longitudinal health and socio-demographic surveillance. It currently nests a number of observational and intervention studies- all undertaken with an interdisciplinary network of leading international scientists in the Agincourt sub-district in rural north-east South Africa. As part of ongoing core and nested work, the Unit seeks to appoint 2 qualified Qualitative Fieldworkers to participate in a number of vital roles, who will assist in realizing the vision of the Unit, by practically exploring the prevalence of Verbal Autopsy with Participatory Action Research: Expanding knowledge base through partnerships for action on health equity (VAPAR) project in the AHDSS. The appointed individuals will be based at the Agincourt offices and report directly to the Project Coordinator.

Required minimum education and training:

  • Grade 12 Certificate, Computer qualifications, and previous experience working on a computer/ tablet device is mandatory.
  • At least 1-year experience as a Qualitative fieldworker preferred.

Key performance areas

  • Building trust while being involved in recruitment of FGD participants
  • Assembling focus group discussions, arranging the meeting room and refreshments, being active to fulfill the goals and plans for each meeting
  • Administering informed consents and the provision of information sheets
  • Assisting with participant training in basics of photography
  • Collecting notes from FGDs, observations (regarding such as group dynamic), and reflections as well as recording data during FGDs (including visual data from participant photography) with the participants
  • Maintain field notes and transcribe FGDs, storing it de-identified, with a back-up and where only the field-worker has the access

Personal abilities:

A successful candidate for this position will be friendly, professional, able to follow instructions, self-motivated, and must retain extremely good communication skills- both written and oral- in both English and Xitsonga. The individual must possess the ability to problem solve as well as strive to achieve pre-set objectives.  Furthermore, the individual must be able to work well within a team, be willing to work irregular hours and have the ability to strictly maintain participants’ confidentiality, both on and off the job.

Short-listed applicants must be willing to undergo a competency exercise as part of the selection process.

If you have the required qualifications listed above and would like to apply, please send your CV, names and contact details of 3 referees, certified copies of Certificates, ID copies and motivation letter stating why you are interested in the position and deliver it to Agincourt site office in a box placed at the entrance of the main office,

Alternatively, you may email your application to Weekend Khoza at Weekend.Khoza@wits.ac.za

Enquiries should be forwarded to Weekend Khoza at 013 708 1420/ 013 795 5076 between 08h00 and 16h30 weekdays.

Closing date: 28 June 2019 @ 16h30